Copyright Text: José Kramer Copyright Images: Meg Woodhouse
Chocolate is a very special colour. Herewith i will try to explain how it works:
A cockerel does need 2 doses of chocolate to be chocolate.
Only a cockerel can be split for chocolate. A hen can never be split for chocolate. The hen is chocolate or she is not, but never split.
Because a hen only needs 1 dosis of chocolate to be chocolate, the only thing you need is a chocolate cockerel with other coloured hens.
This scheme is paid with the donation of Mammientje
With the chocolate colour is good to know that:
A chocolate mother can only give a dosis of chocolate to a son, not to a daughter!
So a black cockerel x chocolate hens will not produce any chocolate youngsters.
This scheme is paid with the donation of Walter Wuijts
Out of this combi will come 100% black youngsters from whom only the sons can be split chocolate. Daughters out of this combi will never be chocolate or split chocolate.
A chocolate cockerel x black hens will produce chocolate daughters and black (split choco ) sons.
This scheme is paid with the donation of Petra van Doormaal
If you cross a split choco cockerel x black hens not all the daughters will be chocolate, only a part of them. The rest will be black.
If you cross a split choco cockerel x choco hens it will give chocolate daughters and black daughters and black split for choco sons and some chocolate sons.
Chocolate is a duncolour. It’s a diluter of colours like blue/splash/lavender are too.
When you know this it’s logical that the basecolour is infecting the result. Black will become darkbrown, but with blue the youngsters will not be darkbrown, because the chocogen is diluting the blue and not pure black. And with blue 2 diluter-colours are there too! So double diluting!!
For example: if you only would cross choco x choco you will loose the darkchocolate colour. If you want to keep the darkchocolate colour, it would be much better to breed choco cockerel x black hens or black split choco cockerel x choco hens.